Russell Brand

Occupation: Comedian, political activist and actor

Nationality: English

Born: June 4, 1975 (40)

Russell Brand first came to public attention as the eccentric host of Big Brother companion show Big Mouth from 2004 to 2007, although he previously worked as an MTV VJ until he was fired for coming to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden the day after 9/11.

Other notable controversies from his career include 'Sachsgate' - his infamous prank phone calls with Jonathan Ross to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs - as well as his death threat-inducing hosting role at the 2008 MTV VMAs awards ceremony.

A former drug addict, sex addict and alcoholic, Brand has also featured in several major motion pictures including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages.

Brand, who was married to popstar Katy Perry between October 2010 and December 2011, has devoted an increasing amount of time to political and social causes, airing his views on current affairs programmes such as Question Time and Newsnight and launching his own daily YouTube series called The Trews.

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